History and Systems of Psychology

Wes Morgan, Ph.D.

227-E Austin Peay
Phone: 974-7167
E-mail: wesmorgan@utk.edu


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Required Text

Hothersall, David. (2004). History of Psychology (4th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Course Description

This seminar will review the major historical contributions to the field of psychology and the development of the psychological professions. In addition, the student will become familiar with sources of historical information within the field of psychology.

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Office Hours

Thursdays: 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Appointments with the instructor may be made at other times as well.


Weekly Exams and Discussion: One essay question chosen at random from among the study questions for each set of readings.


Paper 1.

Read one book-length biography or autobiography of any psychologist and write a 5-page paper concerning a contribution that the subject made to the field of psychology that goes beyond what is mentioned in the text.

Paper 2.

Research your academic genealogy to construct your own academic family tree. Trace it back to the nineteenth century or for at least five generations. Include such items of information as the dissertation title, academic posts held, major accomplishments, and dates of birth and death for each person.

For an examples see: Kristine Kelly or Peter Chen .

Class Presentations

Students are expected to make brief (about 10-minute) presentations on an assigned person that goes beyond any of the material presented in the text. Tell the seminar about the person's life, times, accomplishments and other things of interest. After each presentation there should be a short discussion led by the presenter. The schedule for the presentations and assignments is [HERE].

Seminar Cancellations

The instructor has a very good record of meeting his classes despite adverse weather conditions. Please plan to attend if the University is open. Check the UTK Weather Page for the official University policy concerning class cancellations.


Grades will be posted in the Course Gradebook at Online@UT.


Accommodations and Adaptations

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a documented disability or if you have emergency information to share, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 191 Hoskins Library or 974-6087. This will ensure that you are properly registered for services.



Seminar Schedule and Readings

(See link for study questions)
Jan. 18
Seminar Planning and Requirements
Hothersall: Introduction

The Death of Yesterday
The Abyss

Jan. 25
Psychology and the Ancients
Philosophical and Scientific Antecedents of Psychology
Hothersall: Chapts. 1 & 2
Feb. 1
Early Studies of the Central Nervous System
Ellie Read, Social Science Data Services Librarian, Hodges Library, Rm. 127 (3:30 PM)
Hothersall: Chapt. 3

Pierre Paul Broca. (1861). Loss of speech, chronic softening and partial destruction of the anterior left lobe of the brain.

Feb. 8
Wilhelm Wunt and the Founding of Psychology Hothersall: Chapt.4

Schmidgen, Henning. (2003). Wundt as chemist? A fresh look at his practice and theory of experimentation. American Journal of Psychology, 116(3), 469-476.

Blumenthal, Arthur L. (1975). A reappraisal of Wilhelm Wundt. American Psychologist, 30(11), 1081-1088.

Feb. 15
Edward Tichener and Hugo Munsterberg
German Psychologists of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Archives of the History of American Psychology
Nick Wyman, Archives & Special Collections, Hodges Library, Rm.127 (3:30 PM)
Hothersall: Chapts. 5 & 6

Hermann Ebbinghaus. (1885). Memory: A contribution to Experimental Psychology, Chapter 3

"Margaret's Momento"

"Reading Other People's Mail" (handout)

Feb. 22
Gestalt Psychology in German and the United States
Jack Neely, Associate Editor, Metro Pulse (3:30 PM)
Hothersall: Chapt. 7

Kohler. (1959). Gestalt Psychology Today

Mar. 1
The History of Clinical Psychology Hothersall: Chapt. 8

Witmer, Lightner. (1907). Clinical psychology. Psychological Clinic, 1, 1-9.

Baker, David B., & Benjamin, Jr., Ludy T. (2000). The affirmation of the scientist-practitioner: A look back at Boulder. American Psychologist, 55(2), 241-247.

Mar. 8
Darwin, Galton, Cattell, James and Hall Hothersall: Chapt. 9

Darwin, Charles. (1877). A biographical sketch of an infant. Mind, 2, 285-294.

Mar. 15
Spring Break
No Class
Mar. 22
Functionalism at the University of Chicago
Paper 1 Due
Hothersall: Chapt. 10

Woodworth, Robert S. (1930). Autobiography of Robert S. Woodworth (pp. 359-380). In C. Murchison (Ed.). History of psychology in autobiography (Vol. 2). Worchester, MA: Clark University Press

Mar. 29
Historical Uses and Abuses of Intelligence Testing Hothersall: Chapt. 11

Benjamin, Jr., Ludy T. (2009). The birth of American intelligence testing. Monitor on Psychology, 40(1), 20-21.

Binet, Alfred. (1905). New methods for the diagnosis of the intelectual level of subnormals. L'Annee Psychologique, 12, 191-244.

Apr. 5
The Research of Ivan Pavlov and the Behaviorism of John B. Watson Hothersall: Chapt. 12

Watson, John. (1913). Psychology as the behaviorist views it. Psychological Review, 20, 158-177.

Beck, Hall P., Levinson, Sharman, & Irons, Gary. (2009). Finding Little Albert: A journey to John B. Watson's infant laboratory. American Psychologist, 64(7), 605-614.

Apr. 12
Four Neobehaviorist Psychologists
Hothersall: Chapt. 13 & Epilogue

Guthrie, Edwin R. (1946). Psychological facts and psychological theory. Psychological Bulletin, 43, 1-20.

Apr. 19
Professions: Industrial and Organizational Psychology Study Questions (A)

Psychology's Evolution as a Profession

Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Web Site

Benjamin, Jr., Ludy T., Rogers, Anne M., & Rosenbaum, Angela. (1991). Coca-Cola, caffeine, and mental deficiency: Harry Hollingworth and the Chattanooga trial of 1911. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 27, 42-55. See the University Library Catalog for an electronic .pdf of the article.

Apr. 26
Professions: Counseling Psychology Study Questions (B)

Rogers, Carl R. (1946). Significant aspects of client-centered therapy. American Psychologist, 1, 415-422.

May 3
Professions: Clinical Psychology
Paper 2 Due
Study Questions (C)

Hilgard, Kelly, Luckey, Sanford, Shaffer & Shakow. (1947). Recommended graduate training program in clinical psychology. American Psychologist, 2, 539-558.

May 9
Final Exam
12:30 to 2:30 PM

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